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What is a Development Partner?

12 February 13 -- jsuess

Development Partnerships are formal non-funded relationships between an Oxford ASPIRE Museums and strategically selected partner museums with the purpose of nurturing the partner museum's growth in a specific are of expertise.  Activity takes the form of targeted, time limited pieces of work, designed to address and identified need.  The desired end result is an increased shared knowledge base and a step up in the partner museum's delivery in the relevant area of work.

New Micro-Consultancy launched

29 January 13 -- jsuess

The Museum Development Service for the Berkshire-Oxfordshire-Buckinghamshire (BOB) region is pleased to announce the new "Museum Development Micro-Consultancy Programme", which has been set up to provide opportunities for museums and relevant groups to recruit their own consultants/freelancers in order to support their specified aims and objectives,

Doing the best you can: thinking about fundraising and philanthropy

4 January 13 -- jsuess
On 12th December ASPIRE hosted its second knowledge sharing event for museum professionals, Doing the best you can: an introduction to the ASPIRE fundraising series.

Delegates – from Bedfordshire, Birmingham, Cambridgeshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, Milton Keynes, Oxfordshire, Reading, Warwickshire and Worcestershire – were taken through the day by Judy Niner from Development Partners, a consultancy working with over 80 different organisations on areas such as fundraising strategy, trust applic

Engaging the Artist and Embracing the Source Community at the Pitt Rivers Museum

12 December 12 -- jsuess

We Bury Our Own, Christian Thompson, Pitt Rivers Museum 26 June 2012-6 January 2013

The Pitt Rivers Museum is currently showing We Bury Our Own, a photographic exhibition by leading contemporary Aboriginal artist Christian Thompson.  The eight large photographic portraits and a video installation on display were made specifically in response to the Museum's historic photograph collection from Australia.

Head over Heels Intergenerational Dance Project

6 November 12 -- jsuess

In early 2012 Helen Fountain, Reminiscence Officer at the Museum of Oxford, worked with colleagues to bring together an intergenerational group to devise a short dance piece inspired by reminiscence memories to be performed at the opening of the museum’s “Head over Heels” exhibition. The aim of the project was to provide an additional layer of interpretation to the exhibition, and to pilot a method for sharing the memories collected as part of the museum’s reminiscence programme.

How to make the most of your Museum Shop – advice from the Ashmolean

10 October 12 -- jsuess

Last Friday Jeremy Ensor, Commercial Director at the Ashmolean Museum, was on the online panel for the Guardian Culture Professional Network’s live chat “Howto make the most of your Museum Shop”.

Joined by commercial gurus from the Victoria and Albert, BALTIC, Shakespeare’s Globe and Chiltern Open Air Museum, for 2 hours the panel fielded questions and provided their top tips on shop lay out, product selection, customer experience and taking your shop online.

We’ve brought together some of Jeremy’s best tips from the day’s discussion!


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